NBC Entertainment Chief Denies Jimmy Fallon Has a Drinking Problem
By Meredith B. Kile
Jimmy Fallon didn’t have a great year, health-wise, in 2015 -- the Tonight Show host suffered two gruesome hand injuries and a chipped tooth -- but his bosses at NBC aren’t worried.
NBC entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt spoke to reporters at 2016 Winter TCA Press Tour on Wednesday, denying reports that Fallon has been partying too hard. Greenblatt said the late-night host “doesn’t have a drinking problem that any of us know about.”
“He goes out and has fun. He’s had some accidents,” Greenblatt said of Fallon after his annual press conference. “Aside from that, he’s in better shape than he’s ever been.”
Fallon’s first injury came in June, when he fell and caught his left ring finger on a counter, causing him to almost lose the digit. He later chipped a tooth when trying to open a tube of scar tissue repair gel for the injury, and poked fun at the incident on Instagram with the hashtag “#BestSummerEver.”
Despite Fallon’s jokes, Greenblatt added that NBC is “always worried” about the Tonight Show host’s health and safety.
“There’s been conversations about that,” he admitted. “The stories are exaggerated about all of it. I don’t know to what extent. I haven’t been part of it. I don’t have those conversations with Jimmy Fallon.”